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Yan ang Morning Off to a Slow Start

‘Yan ang Morning’ gave a good account of itself in its first week, but it was all downhill afterwards. (Logo courtesy of GMA Network)

It’s a ‘swing and a miss’ first two weeks for GMA’s ‘Yan ang Morning’.

Marian Rivera’s new talk show came out swinging on its first week. ‘Yan ang Morning”s pilot episode on May 2 garnered an 8.4% national rating (according to Kantar), and through Week 1, it averaged better than 7.5%.

Unfortunately, those numbers were not enough to beat ‘Kapamilya Blockbusters’, who rolled with an average ratings of around 13-14%. In comparison to ABS-CBN’s ‘Magandang Buhay’, however, ‘Yan ang Morning’ had a slight edge, as the former continued to hover around the 6% mark while airing on an earlier timeslot.

The second week, however, was a different story. Though the May 10 episode earned a 9% rating, it was all downhill from there, as ‘Yan ang Morning’ mustered an average of only 6% the rest of the way.

Making things worse for ‘Yan ang Morning’ is the fact that its ratings are now slightly eclipsed by ‘Magandang Buhay’. If the two talk shows were to be pitted against each other now, ‘Magandang Buhay’ would have a modest, if not greater edge over ‘Yan ang Morning’.

That said, GMA may have its own reasons for not placing ‘Yan ang Morning’ opposite ‘Magandang Buhay’. They know that by doing so, it might alienate its loyal anime fanbase, and worse, put themselves in a precarious situation during early weekday mornings.

It was indeed a calculated risk for GMA to place ‘Yan ang Morning’ in a timeslot that has not been kind to their more recent talk shows. And so far, it has not paid off.

Still, it’s too early to tell as to how ‘Yan ang Morning’ will be able to end a long streak of misfortune that has haunted GMA talk shows post-‘SIS’. Marian Rivera is new to this situation, so viewers should be patient and give her time to polish her hosting skills.

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The Buzz Bids Farewell, For Now

‘The Buzz’ officially bade farewell last Sunday afternoon, after a run of nearly 16 years. (Photo credit: ABS-CBN)

An unexpected announcement awaited the viewers of ABS-CBN’s ‘The Buzz’.

On Sunday, April 5, host Boy Abunda announced that ‘The Buzz’ would go off the air and take a long and indefinite hiatus, citing changes in showbiz reporting, production staff and the viewing public. The cancellation ends the show’s initial 15-year run.

First airing on June 13, 1999, ‘The Buzz’ became one of the network’s top-rated and long-running shows. The show’s lineup of hosts would change over the years, but ‘The Buzz’ will always be identified with the duo of Kris Aquino and Boy Abunda.

‘The Buzz’ lengthy run is only rivaled by ‘Startalk’, now entering its 20th year. The two shows briefly faced off early last year, with ‘The Buzz’ (then called ‘Buzz ng Bayan’) prevailing in the ratings.

As ‘The Buzz’ takes a break of sorts, expect ABS-CBN to counterprogram against GMA’s upcoming game show ‘Wowowin’ and its succeeding program ‘InstaDad’. It is possible that ‘Kapamilya Blockbusters’ will take over ‘The Buzz”s slot from April 12 onwards, but no confirmation is made at the moment.

It should also throw the network into a state of uncertainty. Even though ‘The Buzz”s hiatus was intended to be a temporary one, there also remains a possibility of a new talk show taking the place of ‘The Buzz’ instead.

Another likely scenario will be the tweaking of schedules on ABS-CBN’s weekend afternoon lineup. Declining ratings of ‘The Buzz’ in recent months may play a big role in convincing the network to change their programming approach on weekends.

Any of these possibilities may come into play, but for now, sacrifices will have to be made on the Kapamilya camp.

For nearly 16 years, ‘The Buzz’ stood tall for its credibility, balance and truthful showbiz reporting, one that gave the show high ratings and numerous awards. But with the show now taking a much-needed break, viewers can only wonder when and what time will it return.

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